We are in Hotlanta- playing at the Variety Playhouse in the coolest neighborhood. This is the biggest show so far (okay, yeah, it’s only #3, but still). The fans are excited to be here. We’re excited. The energy is insane.
Today was a totally different ball game. Just when we thought we were getting in the groove, we go on and top ourselves. Everyone on this trip is passionate and living out a dream. I think it took us a little while to really understand the depth of that statement. We are 9 people doing a 50 person job- and killing it. The only way it works is because we all have this deep desire to succeed at what we’re doing. We want to leave an impact on everyone we meet and change our own lives while doing it.
I think Supulski put it best, we are 9 passionate people getting to do what we want to do with our lives. How often does that happen? Can you tell me right now, without a shadow of a doubt, you are living your dream- and doing whatever it takes to make it happen? I couldn’t, until about 24 hours ago.
There are times we all have to pinch ourselves, for completely different reasons. We all have backgrounds that are different and experiences that make us who we are. Although I can’t speak for everyone, I look at my life up until this day and some parts of the tour don’t shock me the way they do with the others. I’ve worked in music my entire adult life- working festivals, tours, club shows- communicating with artists’ teams and navigating through venues. So seeing a show come together and going to different cities, although amazing, isn’t new to me. But some of these guys, the way their eyes light up everyday, it’s spectacular.
The thing that puts me over the edge is being the person on the other side when we arrive at a venue everyday. I have always looked up to the road managers, PAs and crews when they show up our venues, but getting to be that person, damn, it’s a special feeling. I am living out the dream of managing, and not just managing anyone, but someone that I am going to see rise from a band in Dallas to a band that the whole world knows about. These guys have the heart, personalities and talent to make it happen.
I could go on and on about how freakin’ cool it is to be on the road, but Blue October’s set is almost over.. which means it’s time to meet some more fans and sell some more cotton. But here’s to another month of turning dreams into reality.
And lastly, Atlanta, you have been beautiful in so many ways. From the eclectic neighborhood and pretty walls, to the venue and staff, to the fans, it has been a special day. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.